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Irish Paralympians in swimming finals this morning & Arsenal and Southampton run riot in Carabao Cup.

Dublin's Ellen Keane is into the final of the SB8 100 metres breaststroke at the Paralympics in Tokyo.

She qualified in first place from the heats in a personal best time of 1 minute 21 point 7-1 seconds and will be hoping to go better than five years ago, when she won a bronze medal in the same event in Rio.

Keane is back in the pool at 11.40 this morning, Irish time.

16 year old Limerick swimmer Roisin Ni Riain has qualified for another final.

She finished third in her heat in the S13 100 metres backstroke and returns just after 11am, Irish time.

Rio gold medal winning cyclists Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal finished sixth in the B1000 metres time trial.

Ronan Grimes was 15th in the C4-5 100 metres time trial.

Colin Judge received a walkover in his scheduled Class 3 table tennis singles match and is back in action tomorrow.

Rosemary Gaffney makes her Paralympic debut at the age of 62 later, in the Equestrian Grade 4 individual test.

While Tamsin Addison competes in the Grade 5 individual test after 12.30, Irish time.


Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny names his squad for next week's World Cup qualifiers today.

It's likely to be missing Callum Robinson, after West Brom confirmed last night that the striker had tested positive for COVID-19.

Robinson's required period of isolation will rule him out of the games with Portugal and Azerbaijan.

It's the second time in 10 months that Robinson has tested positive for coronavirus.


Pep Guardiola says he will leave Manchester City when his contract expires in 2023 to take a break from the game.

The Spaniard, who has won 3 Premier League titles with the Sky Blues, wants to take a rest and then manage a national team.


Arsenal and Southampton were both among the goals last night, as they won places in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted a hat-trick in Arsenal's 6-nil win at West Brom.

Southampton beat Newport 8-0.

Things were far tighter at St. James's Park where Burnley beat Newcastle on penalties following a scoreless draw.


Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley has warned his side they need to be defensively in-tune tonight.

They play host to Flora Tallinn, needing to overturn a 4-2 first leg deficit if they are to make the group stage of the UEFA Conference League.

Kick off at Tallaght Stadium is at 7.45.


Celtic are hoping to make the Group Stage of the Europa League tonight.

They are 2-0 up on A-Z entering their second leg in the Netherlands.

It's a 7.15 kick off.


Last night's local GAA results:

Manguard Plus Minor Football League Div 1 Final
Maynooth 2-9 V Raheens 0-12

Manguard Plus Minor Football League Div 2 Final
Balyna 5-19 V Sallins 1-15

Tonight's fixtures:

2021 Joe Fox Tool and Plant Hire Reserve D Football Championship
Venue: Sarsfields GAA Club, Sarsfields V Confey 19:30

2021 UPMC Intermediate Hurling Championship - Group A
Venue: Maynooth, Maynooth V Moorefield 19:00

2021 UPMC Intermediate Hurling Championship - Group B
Venue: Ardclough, Ardclough V Kilcock 19:00

2021 UPMC Junior Hurling Championship Group A
Venue: Ros Glas, Ros Glas V Naas 19:00
Venue: EOCC Donore, Éire Óg Corra Choill V Coill Dubh 19:00

2021 UPMC Junior Hurling Championship Group B
Venue: Sallins, Wolfe Tones V Clane 19:00
Venue: Maynooth, Maynooth V Broadford 19:00


The penultimate leg of the FedEx Cup gets underway today with the BMW Championship.

Rory McIlroy needs a big week at Caves Valley in Baltimore if he's to qualify for the Tour Championship.

He goes out just before 7pm.

While Shane Lowry tees off just after 3pm.

Also underway today is the Curtis Cup as Team GB and Ireland take on Team USA in Wales.

Kill native and Castlewarden golf club member, Lauren Walsh, is on the GB and Ireland team.


There's an eight-race card at Tipperary this evening with the first off at 4.15.

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